Hill Studios & Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The public comment period on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline ends December 22. Supporters and opponents are weighing in on the prospect of a 300-mile pipe carrying natural gas through Virginia. But environmental groups are refusing even to comment on the government’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement , released in September. They say it’s riddled with errors that misrepresent the effects of the pipeline.

Salaries for state employees lag behind their private counterparts by an average of 27% — that’s according to a recent analysis by Virginia’s Human Resources agency.

Milken Family Foundation

One Virginia teacher got a very special surprise today — a $25,000 teaching award to be used in any way she wants.

Pamela D'Angelo / WVTF

Virginia is the nation’s third largest producer of marine products, behind Alaska and Louisiana. But working waterfronts in coastal Virginia are under increasing threats from development, sea level rise, subsidence, and loss of marine habitat to name a few.

Sandy Hausman / WVTF

Experts say one of every five people in state prison has a serious mental illness, and the rate is even higher at Virginia’s 62 regional jails, but the General Assembly provides little funding for mental health care behind bars.